Take a look at the July 10th weekly message, read the attachment, and get ready for a pop quiz!
Players and their families are invited to submit their responses to Kirsten Fatzinger (
). All 100% correct responses received by midnight on Thursday, July 16 will be entered in a random drawing for a cool piece of Negro League “merch” that was recently gifted to us from our partners at the Nats.
The winner will be announced in the President's message on July 17.
1. What year was the National Negro League founded?
2. Who was the first Black professional baseball player?
Satchel Paige Larry Dolby Moses Fleetwood Walker
Bud Fowler Jackie Robinson Roberto Clemente
3. Who founded the National Negro League?
Roger Goodell Jackie Robinson Rube Foster Satchel Paige
4. Where is the National Negro League Museum located?
Washington, DC New York, NY Birmingham, AL Kansas City, MO
5. Which baseball jersey number is the only number displayed in every major league stadium?
6. Why was the National Negro League founded?
Negro (African American) players wanted to play with themselves
Negro players were not allowed to play on White teams because of segregation.
The Negro League players were too good to play against Whites.
The Negro League players wanted to be free to play their own style of baseball.
America was not ready to be integrated.
All of the above.
7. What does the word “barnstorming” mean?
Playing and practicing baseball in a barn when it is raining.
Taking batting practice in a barn before there were batting gages.
Playing fast-paced baseball from town to town traveling all night to get to the next game and playing ball games sometimes 2-3 times a day.
Hitting baseballs into haystacks and using the haystacks to protect pitchers throwing batting practice.
Sitting on a barn roof to see a baseball game if you can’t get into the ballpark.
8. Who invented night baseball?
Roger Goodell Jackie Robinson New York Yankees The National Negro League
The Alabama Black Barons
9. What year did Jackie Robinson sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers?
1920 1942 1947 1955
10. Why did the National Negro League disband?
The Negro League ran out of money.
All the great Negro League players signed with Major League Baseball.
The Civil Rights Movement forced an end to segregation in baseball.
Negro League baseball served its purpose integrating American society during civil rights movement.
Black fans flocked to Major League Baseball to see Negro super-stars.
All the above.
11. What was the name of Atlanta Negro League Baseball Team?
The Atlanta Farmers The Atlanta Black Crackers The Atlanta Black Giants The Atlanta Pickers The Atlanta Wondermen Athletes
12. Which was the last Washington, DC team to win the World Series not counting the 2019 WashingtonNationals?
The Washington Senators The Homestead Grays The DC Black Barons
The DC National Senators
13. Who is the All-time home-run hitter in professional baseball?
Babe Ruth Willie Mays Hank Aaron Barry Bonds Sammy Sosa
Josh Gibson Cool Papa Bell
14. What was the name of the Washington, DC woman who played in the male National Negro League and had a 33-8 Won-Loss record as a pitcher?
Althea Gibson Bessie Coleman Mary Church Terrell Anna Julia Cooper Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Toni Stone
15. What Negro League baseball player used to “dance like a crab” before he stole bases?
Ty Cobb _____ Barry Bonds _____ Larry Dolby _____ Jackie Robinson _____ Cool Papa Bell _____ Ricky Henderson _____ Lou Brock _____
Hat tip to our partners at the Nationals and Dr. Bernard Demczuk for this quiz and the winner's prize!
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
We want to play and hope to be able to offer baseball to our community in a few weeks. Everything we do will be allowable under current local guidelines and prudent according to common sense. We are committed to creating a great and safe experience for players at all levels.
The FAQs below represent our plans as of July 3, 2020; we will evolve this as we approach Opening Day.
What is the timeline for the fall season?
The season will run August 8-October 10.
What is the time commitment for the fall season?
Teams will begin practice August 8, and will practice 1-3 times a week until Opening Day, August 22. We know families may have other plans in August, so attend practices when you can!
During the season, you can expect 1 practice and 2 games, most weeks. The regular season ends October 3 and Championship Saturday is October 10.
My child was registered in the Spring. What do I do to register him/her for the fall?
Double A, Triple A, and Majors players can expect to hear from their Managers, asking if they plan to play this fall. All you need to do is respond to that message, indicating whether or not you want to participate. From there we will finalize teams and schedules. You will hear more from the League and your team’s Manager in July.
Single A and Tee Ball players, we will have a season for you as well! We are finalizing the schedule and rosters, please sit tight and we will be in touch soon.
My child was NOT registered for the Spring, but now we want to play. Is it possible?
Absolutely! Go to www.register.fckll.org beginning July 1. Registration for our upcoming season is open for all levels through July 24.
My child was registered for a certain level in the Spring but would have played a higher level in the fall.
Because we are “lifting and shifting” Spring to Fall, and all players missed months of development this Spring, all players will remain on their Spring teams. Players at the high end of ability at each level may anticipate being “called up” to a higher level for one or more games this season.
We asked for a spring refund, and now we want to play in the fall. What do we do?
Great to hear! If a player wants to play, we have several solutions to get them on the diamond! Due to the unique “lift and shift” this season, please contact the Player Agent at
to finalize invoicing or scholarship arrangements.
We will not be playing in the fall. How do we request a refund, or donate to the league?
We understand that in these dynamic times, priorities shift. FCKLL is here to support your family in any way we can. Please contact the Player Agent at
to request a refund or make a league donation.
Are financial scholarships available for players?
Absolutely YES! Our intent is: if a player wants to play, they play! Please contact the Player Agent at
to confidentially discuss a scholarship.
How can my family help the League?
We have many open Board positions and are always looking for coaches -- no experience required. Please email email@example.com (and/or scroll down to an earlier post) to see our areas of greatest need.
Naturally, our enhanced safety protocols will result in new expenditures for the League (equipment, disinfectant, etc.). We would greatly appeciate your tax-deductible donation. It's as easy as clicking "Donate" in the left navigation bar. Thanks in advance!
We want to play but we are worried about COVID. What is the League doing to keep my child safe?
We are gathering info from the CDC, State and Local Authorities, Little League International, and other leagues to put together the best possible safety plan. We anticipate spacing between players, no shared equipment, frequent hand sanitizer, no high fives, and much more. We will need volunteers on every team to assist us with this. A much more complete plan will be shared prior to the start of the season.
The League is focused on setting ourselves up for an outstanding fall season that is safe and rewarding for all players. We are a 100% volunteer-run not-for-profit, and we need your help to make it all happen. Various Board positions will be open (usually for two year terms) beginning in September.
These include President, COVID Response Coordinator, Coaching Coordinator, Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Player Agent, Assistant Secretary, Challenger Program Assistant, managers, team parents, snack bar helpers (if and when we can open our snack bar), and more! Think of all the glory that could be yours, as the next FCKLL President!
Officer slates are typically finalized in August with a vote in September. If you would like more info about any of these positions, please reach out to
We are very grateful for the local businesses that support us and help keep costs down for our players and families. Please take a look at the Sponsors list (link in left bar), and consider giving back to these organizations that generously give to us!
Click the "Virtual Training" tab above, to see A BAKER'S DOZEN great, short training videos. These are a gift to us from FCKLL Alumni Jack and Peter Villa, and other members of the George Mason High School baseball team.
All young people should have the opportunity to play sports -- regardless of ability to pay.
FCKLL is proud of our long history of offering scholarships to players who need financial assistance. Interested in registering? Or have you already registered and are interested in applying for a scholarship? Contact
today! We want you on our team!